Used to help America understand demographic changes; a valuable tool for understanding demographic changes. The Constitution requires the government to conduct an 'actual enumeration' of the population every 10 years.
The people that move into America from other countries. 800,000 of these type of people are admitted to the U.S. every year.
The mixing of cultures, ideas, and people has changed the U.S. nation.
The emergence of non-Caucasian majority as compared to a white, generally Anglo-Saxon majority. It is predicted by 2060 that Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans will together outnumber white Americans.
1990's - requires that employers document the citizenship of their employees.
Minority populations are increasing as white population decreases. U.S. population has been moving from NE (Rust Belt) to SE & W (Sun Belt).
The process of reallocating seats in the House of Representatives every 10 years on the basis of the results of the census (frozen at 435).
By 2020, the psot WWII baby boom generation reaches senior citizen status, and there will be just 2 Americans for every 4 senior citizens. Nationwide, the fastest growing group is seniors over the age of 65.
According to Richard Dawson 'the process through which an individual acquires his particular political orientations - his knowledge, feelings, and evaluations.
As children approach adult status, some degree of adolescent rebellion against parents and their beliefs will take place, but students are mainly influenced by 1)family, and 2)school.
The level of confidence in the findings of a public opinion poll. The more people interviewed, the more confident one can be with the results.
A technique used by pollsters to place telephone calls randomly to both listed and unlisted numbers when conducting a survey.
Tries to push votes in a certain direction based on a euqstion. Example: Bush admin polled people, "Would you vote for McCain if he fathered an illegitimate child?"
Polls help political candidates detect public preferences.
Public opinion surveys used by major media pollsters to predict electoral winners with seped & precision.
"Your people, sir, are a great beast," do not reflect confidence in people's capacity for self-government.
Trusted people's good sense and believed that education would enable them to take the tasks of citizenship more seriously.
The public's lack of having a basic awareness of the world around them proves to be a source of almost bitter humor in light of what people know about other subjects.
A coherent set of beliefs about politics, public policy, and public purpose. It helps give meaning to political events, personalities, and policies.
Mayor Bradley projected to win an election but lost because many voters ended up not voting for him based on race.
There are conservative and liberal labels of people (more liberal now). Believes we should maintain peace through strength.
Elected in 1980; said the government is not the solution to society's problems, it is the problem. He called for the government to 'get off the backs of American people."
People used to vote towards way of their religion set, age, where they lived, but now they vote based on this.
Although people liked Reagan, they didn't like his policies.
All the activities used by citizens to influence the selection of political leaders of the policies they pursue. The most common, but not only, means of political participation is voting.
Includes many widely accepted modes of influencing government - voting, trying to persuade others, ringing doorbells for a petition, running for office, and so on.